Class AAAAA roundup

Alpharetta 72, Lassiter 54: Alpharetta led 31-30 at the half then pulled away with a dominant third quarter. The visiting Raiders, who attempted 38 free throws, were led by Ty Toney’s 26 points, while Carlos Burse chipped in 14.

Harrison 69, Johnson-Savannah 61: Harrison used a third-quarter surge pull away from the host Atom Smashers. Ryan Blumenthal led the Hoyas with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Marshall Guilmette and Jeremy Pressley also scored in double-figures.

Milton 68, Walton 62: In a Class AAAAA first-round playoff game, the Eagles pushed the lead to 13 in the third quarter before visiting Walton narrowed the gap to four points by the end of the quarter. The Raiders then closed to within three points and had the ball with less than a minute remaining, but couldn’t capitalize.

Shaq Johnson led Milton with 19 points. Walton’s Rico Overall led all scorers with 24. Milton hosts Shiloh in the second round.

North Cobb 78, Bradwell Institute 41: The host Warriors jumped out to a 20-point halftime lead as they cruised past Bradwell Institute. Lee Moore led the way for North Cobb with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Saxon Steele chipped in 16 points and eight assists.

Peachtree Ridge 52, Dacula 37: The host Lions shut Dacula down by allowing just two points in the third quarter. Junior forward Jordan Capps and senior point guard Davon Hill had 17 points apiece to pace Peachtree Ridge.

South Cobb 79, Jenkins 74: South Cobb won a back-and-forth battle against visiting Jenkins for its first playoff victory since 2006. Jalen Cook led the Eagles with 25 points and four steals. Devocio Butler scored 12 points and added seven assists.

Wheeler 71, Northview 63: Northview trailed by only two points late, but Austin Smoak hit five consecutive free throws in the final 58 seconds to ice the game for the home team Wildcats. Kyle Meyer scored 24 points for Northview.

Compiled by Score Atlanta

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rudbuck

February 25th, 2012
11:50 pm

@ S. Ga basketball: Only because you were the biggest garbage talker on these blogs. Your prediction all 4 could take care of region 2, I guess went out the windo. You’re luck you didn’t get swept yourself. Valdosta got passed a 4 seed, to save your a@@.

@ whoever was complaining why Savanah-Johnson was not ranked, now you know why showed your true colors tonite. And like region 1, region 3 got saved of being swept by SAvannah beating up on another 4 seed.

Of course my team lost, but I wasn’t out there bragging and boasting how they were going to beat up on somebody, I’m a realist.

Good luck to the 16 teams left in 5-A..

derrick

February 26th, 2012
12:56 am

Great game at Wheeler, a very nice effort by Northview but Wheeler got the win Ball is Life, you got 2 enjoy this one because it only gets better stay focus

South Ga. Basketball

February 26th, 2012
1:54 am

@rudbuck- did you see the scores of the games? Region1AAAAA had a great chance to sweep. #4 seed Lowndes took MLK to 3OT. #3 Coffee was in it against Stephenson, and #2 Tifton had their chances against Westlake. The great Atlanta schools didn’t dominate the poor little South Ga. schools!!!!!

North vs. South...Go Dekalb!

February 26th, 2012
7:56 am

@South Ga Basketball….but they all still lost. It would be nice if “close” could count. Then the other teams could be saying the same, had they lost. Yes…they had a chance. It didn’t happen. Dominate…hummm???

007

February 26th, 2012
9:20 am

So now it’s poor little south Ga but in football yall don’t say that! Let’s face it, We have a better quality of basketball in the Atl area and yall have better quality football in the south! By the way, that Lowndes vs MLK was a great game. You south Ga boys made a good showing but King knew they were going to win. Nothing to be ashamed of though!

rudbuck

February 26th, 2012
9:59 am

@South Ga. Basketball It’s playoff time. The brackets have 32 of the best of Georgia playing in each classification. I expect that even region 1 put up good showing. Out of the 65 games played yesterday on the boys side, 35 of them were won by 10 points or less and of that 15 games were decided by 5 or less. Less than 10 were blowouts (20 points or better) 9 of the 13 AAAAA games were won by a margin of 10 points or less. So if region 1 didn’t give a good showing would be good reason for not even being here. Remember you were the one that mentioned Tift beat mighty Milton and Norcross, but could not handle the playoff pressure. And if you.think using the excuse that they kept the game close and it could have gone the other way, it’s a poor excuse. Let’s take Tift for instance, they won 11 games by 10 points or less and of that 6 were less that 5, so their record could easily been 9-19. Plus 3 of the losses were against lower class teams. The bottom line, lose by 3 or by 20…………the result is a loss. Congrats for putting up a good fight, but when it counted the better team made the shots.

South Ga. Basketball

February 26th, 2012
10:12 am

@ 007 – I have never said that ATL didn’t have better quality of baskettball than South,Ga.l said these South Ga. teams are not scared and will compete and have a chance to win. No blowouts!!!!!!

South Ga. Basketball

February 26th, 2012
10:20 am

I also feel that if the ATL schools see soo much competition and play at such a high level, we should’ve seen some dominating performances against these “POOR OLD SOUTH, GA.” teams. I was expecting to see some great execution and marvelous skill sets. I didn’t see it in Westlake. MLK, Stephenson or Newnan. What I saw was teams that because of school populations had more depth and eventually wore their opponent down.

North vs. South...Go Dekalb!

February 26th, 2012
12:09 pm

@South Ga Basketball “….because of school population”??? I know that I am a novice, but the last I checked both Stephenson and MLK are playing schools that “based on population” are at a higher classified division level (schools twice their size). Stephenson & MLK basically are playing out of thier classified division…up one level. Even if both teams lose in the 2nd round…I still think that is saying something. It should be exepected that teams should beat a school at a lower division “based on population”.

007

February 26th, 2012
3:27 pm

That’s just it South Ga, in basketball yall play to compete and we play to win. You know good and well yall don’t have that same attitude in football. Yall play to win in that sport! If a coach had that mind set for one of the football teams down there, he would be fired before season’s end!

rudbuck

February 26th, 2012
6:18 pm

@North vs South and 007; You are both on point, well said!

Ga BBALL Fan

February 26th, 2012
7:21 pm

The high school basket ball coverage or the lack of it is sad.

Wheeler Holds On; Walton Bows Out

February 26th, 2012
7:33 pm

[...] The Wildcats let Northview close to within two points before pulling away to a 71-63 win. The Raiders fell 68-62 on the floor of one of the favorites for the state title (game summaries here).  [...]

John Wooden

February 26th, 2012
8:29 pm

At GA BBall Fan: I’m with you. This coverage stinks. In the paper, online, all of it stinks. Football season gets coverage of multiple games, all season long. Too bad AJC can’t wake up like other major cities (see tampabay.com) who give multiple counties coverage of high school basketball. No excuses AJC. It stinks!! However, put some of it on the coaches, they won’t even call in scores and leading scorers to AJC or GA.PrepCountry.com. The portal is there and the schools don’t report it very well.

South Ga. Basketball

February 27th, 2012
12:06 am

@ 007 – The bball coaches do have the same attitude as the football coaches. In South Ga.,the bball teams are made up of the same kids that play football. Tift – Coffee, Lowndes – Valdosta- Colquitt. Look up the bbball rosters and you will see the same names you see on the football field. Josh Harvey Clemons, Donnell Tuff, Tadrick Jackson, Shermaine Washington, Tyreek Hill and so on. We don’t have kids down here who only play 1 sport all year long. We all know football is king in High school sports, so we get what we can on the bball court. That is also why we are proud when these kids compete with the ATL bball players, knowing that they have only worked on their bball game for 3 months out the year.

BHS

February 27th, 2012
8:01 am

The Norcross Vs Berkmar game was good and pack. like one side and half the other side of seats was all berkmar fans.I thought norcross had a good fan base. but Berkmar won 64-54.

Coach'sson

February 27th, 2012
9:10 am

Shoutout to region 2 in 5AAAAA MLK, Stephenson, and of course us WESTLAKE. The toughest region in 5AAAAA. Now Westlake has to take care a formidable opponent in Savannah. Cant wait to see the outcome in the Milton Shiloh game in what some may call the defacto championship!!! Congrats again Westlake on taking care of Tifton we needed payback from last years lost!!!

Coach'sson

February 27th, 2012
9:22 am

Its funny to all the Westlake supporters that people doubt us every year, but we still end up in the tournament with a good team. Even this year we are doubted and we have the best record in 5AAAAA!!!!! Honestly thats just how we like it!!!

BucsBballFan

February 27th, 2012
11:12 am

@ South Ga. Basketball – Region 1 just might get eliminated on Wednesday night. They play a very tough Harrison team who was ranked in the top 10 most of the year & was the #1 seed going into their region tournament. Harrison overlooked a scrappy S. Cobb team that should never have beaten them. Harrison was up 11 with 4 minutes left & up 4 pts with less than 2 minutes left. They lost by 2 pts.

Harrison is a very seasoned team starting 4 seniors & 1 sophomore. All four of their seniors are 3 year starters. They have a 6′11″ kid (they have him listed at 6′9″, but he’s really 6′11″) who is very good, their SG (Blumenthal) is very good & can get red hot. Jeremy Pressley is very crafty, a streaky shooter, and has the potential to knock down a bunch of 3’s if he gets hot….guard the 3 point line on him, he’s not going to beat you with off the drive. Watch Justus coming off the bench as he can put up some points very quickly….mainly on drives. Their starting PG is a very good defender, but is mainly a facilitator and does not score a whole lot.

Valdosta’s best chance is two-fold: 1) Harrison does not have a deep bench….especially with their bigs, 2) that they can out coach Harrison as Harrison’s coach is not very good at making in game adjustments….he just stands there and stomps his foot a lot.

I think Harrison will probably win this game, but hope that Valdosta beats them!!!

HENJAMCOL

February 27th, 2012
5:38 pm

NORTH COBB HAS 3 JR GAURDS THAT WILL SURPRISE EVERYONE WHEN THEY HANDLE WESTLAKE……THIS TEAM IS RED HOT!!!!!!

Milton vs. Shiloh Webcast

February 28th, 2012
11:22 pm

If you can’t make it out to one of the biggest games in the state this year, it is being webcasted for free live from Milton High School tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 7:00.

The link to the webcast is:
milton.sportzcast.tv

Please spread the word about the webcast!
It should be a great game and hopefully more people are able to watch it and support Georgia basketball now!